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Old 02-24-2011, 05:07 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default What to look for when buying a Samurai?

Hey guys im new member here, been lurking for a couple of weeks now. There is a lot of info in here to sift through. I do have a couple of question though. Ive been looking to get a Samurai for some time now and have finally saved up enough dough to actually begin to go out and wheel and deal on one. Im looking for a good stock daily driver in good condtion. It wont stay stock for long. I plan on adding a small lift that can comfortably fit tires not larger than 30's. Im also going to add bumpers, winch, and a few engine mods like a weber carb, elec fuel pump, and maybe a header. And a few other small bolt on things for now. In the long run I want to add a cage, but ill wait on that. Keep in mind I "plan" on driving this a few times a week to work and back. Round trip is about 75 miles, with 10 of it being interstate. I also plan on loading up the wife and kid on weekends a doing a little off roading. Nothing to rough just some trail riding and stuff like that.
My original plan was to get a Yamaha Rhino, but then I got to thinking about it, and I think the Samurai will be more fun, street legal, and I think a much smarter purchase all the way around.

Im not looking to spend over 3000.00 on the rig, and about 2500.00 on mods. The area I live at has several for sale, but not many people do much with them so Im fairly confident I can get what im looking for for that price or lower.


1. What are some of the things I should look for, or should I say watch out for when doing a walk around, and test drive. Minor thing I can deal with, but nothing that will take to much time or money to fix.

2. The mods I plan on doing. Can I do them on my own? I am mechanically inclined, have basic tools like most men, jacks, jack stands and a garage. I dont have any specialized tools like welders, benders or anything like that.

I know you guys know everything about these, so i fell like this is the best place to get all the info im searching for.

I know ive asked alot, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-25-2011, 08:42 AM   #2 (permalink)
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From my experience in buying my samurai, all I can say is look for one with no rust! Rust is like the worst of the worst. Everything else can be fixed or replaced, but rust is like cancer, or mold or termites in a house. If there's even a tiny bit, get rid of it as soon as possible, and don't just do it halfway. Really get rid of it.
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I'd say that the thing to look for is a Toyota
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I'd say that the thing to look for is a Toyota
Do you mean like this?


If so then I already have a toyota. As a matter of fact I own 3. The fj40, A 2008 4x4 TRD Tundra, and the wife drives a 2007 4x4 FJ Cruiser. Need pics of those 2 also? Now if I was looking for a Toyota that I didnt know much about I would have went to a toyota forum and asked them. I came here to ask about a Suzuki Samurai. Do you have anything relevant to add about one? If not then have a nice day.
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Samis are fun.
So are toys but they are not Suzukis.
If u look back a page or 2 you will find a long discussion about buying or looking to buy a Sami.
Basically look for a newer model for the best chance of a good one.
Samis cover years 83 to 98 in North America.
As far as I kno there were 3 models in those years.
earlier to 86 small engine. 86 to 88 larger engine and round holes in dash. 88.5 onward square holes in dash and some with fuel injection.
Many parts are interchangable but not all.
Aftermarket support is incredible with many dedicated to Sami.
Others on this forum could add to my comments.
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